A video every troll on the internet will want to watch, simply to see who can hate on it the best.
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16 September 2014
Not easy to watch. But, if bullying is to be addressed, perhaps every teacher ought to take 5 minutes to watch this video and ask themselves, "Just when do children begin to bully and victimize their classmates?"
What are their motives? Where did they first begin to accept the forces that lead to bullying?
And, my question is, "At what age would it be appropriate to have students watch this video?
And, if we truly believe that informational reading is important, and of course it is, would we consider this video followed by reading the information behind the "more bullying facts you should learn" link, and then the information about the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program >> link on that page?
I might even reverse that order, by having students read the two linked sources prior to watching this video.
And, I wouldn't try to lead the conversation. I'd have students read, then watch the video. And, then I'd say something to the effect of, "So, I don't know what you think about that experience, but I'd really like to know. So, I will be silent and listen for the next 15 minutes while you discuss the lesson."
My guess? Very awkward silence. And, within 4 minutes, someone would say something, that triggers a very deeply engaged and serious conversation.
The trick. If no one starts the conversation, the entire class would have nothing to do but marinate in awkward, no, make that introspective silence.
It would be important that the teacher not speak, and not turn to paper correcting while waiting.
Should by some miracle, the conversation not start. I would wait the entire 15 minutes and then say something like, "Perhaps none of us has the courage to speak first. So, this is what we'll do. Take out a piece of paper. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT. Now jot down some notes on what you might have said had the discussion happened."
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